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UCS Update - August 18, 2019
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Welcome Switzer families to another exciting school year!  The big question on everyone’s mind is, who is my teacher?  This year, we will communicate grade level classroom assignments for your child in a convenient and secure manner.  We will be emailing the classroom assignments to you directly using the e-mail addresses on file in PowerSchool on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  Your child’s assignment can also be viewed via the PowerSchool Parent Portal that will be available beginning Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  If you do not receive an email or are unable to access the information through the Parent Portal by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, please contact Switzer at 586-797-6400.

 As a special bonus, our KINDERGARTEN teachers will host a meet and greet on Wednesday, August 28 @ 6:30PM in their classrooms.

Our 1st Grade teachers will host a meet and greet on Wednesday, August 28 from 10-11am. We will start on the small playground located outside the 1st grade classrooms. 

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. School starts at 8:25 and remember it is a half day for elementary students. We will dismiss at 11:29. Many parents choose to walk their child to class on the first day of school so please be prepared for lots of smiles and MANY cars.


 Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30PM. That is the night for Open House and the chance to meet your teachers and see all the exciting tools and curriculum for the 2019/2020 school year. We will gather in the gymnasium for a short presentation and then we will meet our classroom teachers immediately following. There will be sign-up sheets in the media center for fall conferences.


Our first week is a busy one. first school wide event is outdoor movie night Friday, September 6. Welcome back faces, water, popsicles and “Incredibles 2” is on the agenda and free of charge to all Switzer families. You can visit 7-11 or bring some extra special treats on your own if you would like. Our volunteers have worked very hard putting a fun night for all let’s hope the weather will cooperate! Our PTO is a fantastic group and supports all our children. If you are interested, Switzer could use your help with all our extra events. Our first PTO meeting is at 7:00pm on September 16th, everyone is welcome.


As you probably noticed Super Switzer is a busy place and so is our BRAND NEW PARKING LOT in the morning and afternoon. Please review our parking lot procedures and help keep our school safe for all our children. Remember our sidewalks are the safest place to be, so please only cross with the crossing guards or at the designated areas to meet your rides. We strongly encourage parents to drop off curbside. If you are parking and coming in, please make sure to cross with your child at the crosswalk. Together we can make sure everyone arrives to and from school safely.

Please take some time to look at our enclosed information about some important information regarding Switzer. For example, we now offer breakfast for all students and Picture Day is September 18.


Switzer is off to a great start and I look forward to a super school year!

                                    Sincerely,                                                                     Jacob S. Palmer



The Switzer Elementary community is committed to helping all students become responsible life-long learners by maintaining a safe, positive environment that encourages individuals to reach their full potential.

March Is Reading Month

Academic Blitz”Reading is Awesome” is the 2017 March is Reading month theme at Switzer. We started our reading month with our reading assembly today. Information has been sent home but is also included in this newsletter. Students will be bringing home their packet with reading goals and a log sheets to be turned in on Mondays, starting March 13. Students who meet their goals and turn in their log sheets will be awarded tickets/legos and be entered into drawings for access passes to the Lego Garage or Slurpees. If we hit our school goal we will have a special visit from our “lego rescue heros” from the police, fire and homeland security. Don’t forget family reading night planned for March 24, at 6:30pm. All prizes and events have been funded by our supportive PTO and thank you Switzer reading committee for your hard work and great ideas!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link